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Addict Behav. 2009 Jun-Jul;34(6-7):548-53. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.03.020. Epub 2009 Mar 24.

Depressive symptoms, drinking problems, and smoking cessation in older smokers.

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Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, United States.

Abstract

This study modeled the predictive association between depressive symptoms and smoking cessation in a sample of 442 late-middle-aged smokers; assessments occurred at four time-points across a 10-year period. In addition, the study examined the role of baseline drinking problems in moderating the relationship between depressive symptoms and smoking cessation. Findings supported hypotheses. More depressive symptoms prospectively predicted a lower likelihood of smoking cessation. In addition, the presence of baseline drinking problems strengthened the relationship between depressive symptoms and a lower likelihood of smoking cessation. Understanding the mechanisms underlying depression and cigarette smoking among older adults is applicable to secondary prevention and treatment and suggests additional public health benefits from treating depression in older persons.

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19372009
PMCID:
PMC2752429
DOI:
10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.03.020
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